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Orlando Jordan

REAL NAME: Orlando Jordan
6' 4", 250 pounds
NICKNAMES: The Policy

Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Orlando Jordan did not have an easy childhood. Misdiagnosed as autistic, the young Jordan grew up in poverty but Jordan persevered and, at one point, fought forest fires rather than wrestling opponents as a member of the United States Forest Service. But it would be after Jordan relocated to Florida that he became a much-respected amateur boxer and wrestler, winning several amateur wrestling championships including becoming a two-time National Wrestling Champion and two-time All-American Wrestling Champion, to name just two.

Trained for the professional ranks by, among others, Rocky Johnson (his uncle), Jordan even sparred with Johnson's son, The Rock. Debuting in 2000, he wrestled in Florida where he was known as "The Policy". Later, Jordan began competing for Maryland Championship Wrestling. On February 9, 2002, Jordan defeated the Bruiser in Lexington, Kentucky to win the MCW Heavyweight title, a championship he dropped back to the Bruiser a week later.

Jordan was signed to a developmental deal with WWE, and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he teamed with Chris Cage and Mark Mangus. Brought up to WWE, he defeated Jamie Noble in his debut but it wouldn't be until June 2003 when he made his Smackdown debut against John Cena. When Cena attacked Jordan after the match, The Undertaker came to his rescue and congratulated him on a good match.

Kudos from The Undertaker aside, Jordan was little more than enhancement talent during the first few months of his WWE tenure. After being destroyed by Brock Lesnar on a January 2004 edition of Smackdown, Jordan disappeared from WWE TV screens for many months.

Jordan would return to Smackdown in August 2004, defeating Rene Dupre, but the shocker came later that night when he came to JBL's aid against the Undertaker. Later, Jordan was named JBL's Chief of Staff in a cabinet that would come to include the Bashams and Amy Weber.

Jordan, along with the Bashams, were instrumental in helping JBL defend his WWE Championship for nearly ten months, against the likes of the Undertaker, The Big Show, Kurt Angle and others. Jordan, meanwhile, would snag some gold of his own, when he defeated John Cena (with major help from JBL) for the United States Championship on Smackdown on March 1, 2005.

Even as JBL's Cabinet broke up soon after his Wrestlemania XXI defeat, Jordan would successfully defend the U.S. title against Heidenreich at Judgment Day and against Chris Benoit at the Great American Bash. He would not be so lucky at SummerSlam as Benoit defeated him in 25 seconds. To make matters worse, Jordan was humiliated in record time in several rematches.

Jordan remained active in the U.S. title picture, and when Booker T was looking for a substitute to compete in the "Best of Seven" series for the U.S. belt, Jordan offered his services.

Booker and his wife, Sharmell, shunned Jordan's services, offering the spot to Randy Orton instead. Jordan got his revenge, however, interfering in several of the Benoit/Orton matches to help Benoit win the series.

Rumours abounded that Jordan was going to be repackaged as a bi-sexual character but instead he was relegated to the lower mid-card, often appearing on Velocity rather than Smackdown. On May 26th, 2006, Orlando Jordan was released by WWE.

--- compiled by John M. Milner

ORLANDO JORDAN STORIES

  • May 26, 2006: Jordan released by WWE